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Public Information

Safer and stronger communities are at the heart of Scottish Government policy. Communities that people are proud to belong to, where they feel safe and have confidence that justice and fairness will prevail. Communities where people take responsibility for each other and for their own actions.

However, when problems and disputes turn into crime and disorder they must be met by swift justice and a clear penal policy. The law abiding majority must be served by modern justice organisations and an efficient justice system.

In this section

  • DNA and Forensic Evidence

    The use of DNA in forensic evidence and the Scottish DNA Database.

  • Miscarriages of Justice

    Compensation scheme information and application forms.

  • Property Law

    Information on property law reform.

  • Firearms

    Tackling misuse of firearms and air weapons in Scotland

  • Parole and release on licence

    Details of prisoners who have been released on compassionate grounds.

  • High Hedges

    Now at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/high-hedge-appeals-form-guidance/

  • EU Justice

    Following the UK referendum on EU membership, the Scottish Government's work to ensure that Scotland’s interests in relation to justice and home affairs are fully represented